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Designing Inaugural Dresses, Not All Roses

For fashion designers, catching the eye of a first lady can be the opportunity of a lifetime. But sometimes the attention isn't all that it's cracked up to be. Host Michel Martin speaks with fashion critic Robin Givhan about the agony and ecstasy of creating inaugural gowns.
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A Cooler Roof For A New 'Cat'

A Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' iconic Cat on a Hot Tin Roof may feature big names, but it aims for a quiet kind of authenticity. Director Rob Ashford asked his cast to take their characters off the pedestal of dramatic history and put them back in the scene.
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'Carefully Choreographed Dance': Armstrong's Complicated Media Past

At his peak, Lance Armstrong alternately charmed, manipulated and strong-armed the media. He transcended the world of cycling, and much of the coverage from nonsports media was adulatory. The now-disgraced cycling champion is turning to a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey for redemption.
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Art Beat with Lauren Landau, Jan. 17

The Constellation Theatre Company debut their version of "Zorro" tonight and the Wolf Trap presents a gathering of international guitarists. 

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Conrad Bain, Mr. Drummond On 'Diff'rent Strokes,' Dies

He was the kindly white adoptive father of two young African-American brothers on the popular TV series, which aired from 1978-86. Bain, 89, died Monday in California. The show made Gary Coleman a star. He died in 2010.
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Shaping The City

We talk with architect Roger Lewis about a critic's role in keeping the public informed and designers honest.

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'Quartet': Dustin Hoffman, Behind The Camera

The veteran actor makes his directorial debut with a film about four aging opera singers who stage a concert at their retirement home. Starring Maggie Smith and Tom Courtenay, the film explores friendship, memory and the time that remains.
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Whole Foods Founder John Mackey On Fascism and 'Conscious Capitalism'

The outspoken Whole Foods founder tells us why he hates "Obamacare" and why we have trouble cutting the sugar, fat and salt out of our diets. What would you like to tell him? Let us know.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Jan. 16

This week you can dive into the abstract with a gallery opening and surreal ballet performance.

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Home Video Review: 'Slings And Arrows'

If you're not a drama nerd, you might think the Canadian backstage comedy Slings and Arrows isn't for you. But film critic Bob Mondello says just one episode may be enough to change your mind.

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